Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Endocrinology & Metabolism
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#111982 Laboratory Assistant

Extended Review Date: Tue 11/23/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/30/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/12/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


The Department of Medicine is the largest department within the UCSD School of Medicine and is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Under close supervision, the Laboratory Assistant will work in Dr. Ayako Makino's lab to perform basic molecular biological experiments. The responsibility of the Laboratory Assistant includes cell isolation, cell culturing, PCR, qPCR, WB and management of our mouse colony. Laboratory Assistant will also maintain functional laboratory equipment, clean work space, and updated protocols to ensure that the laboratory are clean, safe and compliant with University regulations. In addition, Laboratory Assistant will assist with occasional transport biological specimens from the operating rooms to the laboratory.


  • Minimum of two (2) years of paid work in the field of cellular and molecular biology.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist the principal investigator (PI) in research techniques in cellular and molecular biology.

  • Must be able to work with laboratory animals (mice).

  • Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Perform general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as fluorescence microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as EndNote, MS Word, Excel and Power Point. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis.

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials. Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.

  • Ability to work with rodents and human samples.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to work some weekends & evenings to complete experiments.
  • Must be able to work with laboratory animals (mice).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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